30A South Walton exploresm 500x358 Explore The Outdoors Festival at DeFuniak Springs   Oct 11Walton Outdoors is hosting the annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the beautiful lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs on Circle Drive. The activities will be held behind the First Presbyterian Church.

This free fun-filled day for all ages is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. The water activities are geared for children six years old and up.

Food vendors will be on hand. Hands-on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more.

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30A South Walton 10409402 766537093385028 4109786916247146670 n TOMORROW: Food For Thoughts Second Annual Art Of GivingComing off the success of last year’s inaugural event with an auction of Justin Gaffrey paintings, Food For Thought Outreach will host its Second Annual Art Of Giving tomorrow, September 18th, at the Churchill Oaks Clubhouse, presented by Southern Fashion House and Summer House Lifestyle.

But there’s a twist for this year’s fundraiser…

Instead of one artist, the 2nd annual event will feature the works of three acclaimed local artists. Chandler Williams, Allison Wickey, and Justin Lyons have all donated pieces, including some collaborative items.

“We’re beyond thrilled to have this diverse offering of amazing artwork as part of this year’s auction,” said Food For Thought Founder and Director Tiffanie Shelton. “If you can’t attend the event, you’ll still be able to bid online. The quality of the items they’ve donated are going to make this event a sure success.”

That success will resonate in the community. Food For Thought is a non-profit organization that fights child hunger in Okaloosa and Walton counties by offering snack and meal programs to local school children and families throughout the year.

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage3 A+ Art One Size Fits All Show and Sale: A Call For Artists

Art works by (L to R): Donnelle Clark, Suzanne LeLoup West and Lori Drew

The A+ Art “One Size Fits All” show and sale is on the horizon with an exceptional artist reception set for Friday, October 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center.

This second annual show, which will run through December 8th, will include over a hundred 10-inch by 10-inch wood panels, featuring the fine and funky work of over 50 local artists. All featured artwork will be $100 each.

“Last year’s Friday night reception was packed with enthusiasm and excitement as collectors quickly tagged the art of their choice while the A+ team assisted with the gathering and purchasing process,” said Lori Drew, 2014 show organizer. “It was so alive and filled with energy. It’s just the perfect place to pick up a special piece at a really affordable price.”

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30A South Walton Shaun O’Brien1 New Chef and Restaurant Manager join Fish Out of Water

Shaun O’Brien

New Chef de Cuisine, Shaun O’Brien, and Restaurant Manager, Kyle Davis, have their sights set on making 30A restaurant Fish Out of Water a ‘foodie destination’ across the South.

O’Brien, who joined the restaurant’s kitchen team earlier this year after winning countless trophies and awards at Sandestin’s Bistro Bijoux, has now been appointed Chef de Cuisine.

“I came to Fish Out of Water to work with the great team making this restaurant famous – not just here in South Walton, but throughout the South,” said O’Brien, who is no stranger to the 30A food scene, having previously been Executive Chef at Paradis in Rosemary Beach when it first opened.

“I know from my previous experiences in South Walton that locals and visitors are very discerning,” said O’Brien. “I am focused on providing dishes that will surprise, excite and even amuse diners – but know we have to do it in a way that is true to the special way of life we enjoy on the Emerald Coast.

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Krutz Family Cellars and 30A announced that they are partnering to introduce a new line of premium 30A wines. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of 30A’s new 30A Beach Blonde Ale and 30A Coffee products.

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Bryan and Cindy Krutz

“Locals and visitors alike really appreciate great wine,” said Bryan Krutz of Krutz Family Cellars. “Wine is part of our local experience, and we’re crafting a selection of varietals that will perfectly complement the 30A beach lifestyle.”

After graduating from Ole Miss business school in 2003, Bryan Krutz operated a wine and cheese bar in Rosemary Beach for six years. As the General Manager and wine buyer, he not only honed his knowledge of wine, but of the business of wine, with a special emphasis on sales and marketing.

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30A South Walton puppypalooza Inaugural Puppypalooza Fundraiser Benefitting Alaquas Unconditional Love Program   Sept 20Puppypalooza, the inaugural fundraiser to benefit the Unconditional Love Program of Alaqua Animal Refuge, will be held at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach on September 20th from 1 pm – 9 pm.

Puppypalooza will feature a DJ, inflatable bounce houses, retail, beer, wine, and food booths, a huge raffle, a jail, a dunking booth, dog agility shows, Unconditional Love Program dog performances, face painting, and tons of games for children. Beginning at 6 pm, Cadillac Willy will rock the park. Bring your own blanket or chairs and relax with your family in the park.

Food vendors include Shore Dogs, Smokin’ Butts, Dovalina’s Wood-fired Pizza, Sweet Henrietta’s, Fishale Taphouse and Grill, and Captain’s Lady Café and Sno Balls. Retail vendors include Pink Narcissus (Lily Pulitzer), The 30A Gear Truck, Cedar and Cypress Woodworks, Peaches to Beaches, Jam Berry Nails, Thirty-One, Scentsy, 30a Beach Girl, Ron John Surf Shop, Glas Designs, For Tails Only, Tastefully Simple, What’s Up Dog?, Shabby Wraps, Magnabilities, Beach Zinnia, Pure Romance, and more. Alcohol vendors include Pabst Blue Ribbon and CHASTE No. 850.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Looking for a New Beach Song Playlist? By Lauren Lege

I’ve been on the hunt for this season’s top sound selections, and I know I’m not alone. With platforms like Pandora, Sound Cloud, and Grooveshark, there’s enough variety swirling around out there to piece together your own concerto grosso. It can be overwhelming, so we did the work for you, in collaboration with Seaside’s Central Square Records to bring you the skinny on this year’s Top Ten Beach Beats.

ALLAH LAS – “CATAMARAN”

“Three of [the band members] met while working in the famous record store Amoeba, and their consistent groove suggests they spend their days surfing, skating and chilling out in sun-kissed California…Fuzzy, distorted guitars, maracas, vocals put through vintage microphones and a Hammond organ (‘Catamaran’) create an unmistakably vintage sound. The snag? Hanging out on the beach can get a bit boring. As much as the album is warm, wistful and pleasant, every song is a variation on the others, using similar chords and the same key, although final track ‘Long Journey’ packs more of a punch,” writes NME’s Lucy Jones.

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NEW MADRID – “AND SHE SMILES”

“The moody space of ‘Homesick’ is a fascinating overcast counterpoint to the late-afternoon haze of the rest of the record, while ‘And She Smiles’ builds from soft near-silence into the album’s tightest beat and leanest, most experimental guitar work,” says PopMatters’ Mathew Fiander. “It feels both physical and fleeting. That New Madrid can pull off so many seeming opposites at once on Sunswimmer is impressive, but the fact that they’re housed in such striking, well-crafted songs, is what makes this album so strong.”

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30A South Walton unnamed 30A Songwriter Radios Inaugural BoostaBand Competition   Oct 14

30A Songwriter Radio’s BoostaBand competition is set for Tuesday, October 14th. Pandora’s Steakhouse and Lounge at Grayton Beach will host this year’s inaugural and unprecedented event.

Throughout the year, regional bands have submitted applications in hopes to be one of the six bands chosen by an anonymous panel. Bands must consist of at least three members, and perform all original music. There was no rule on genre, creating a truly unique and exciting event for spectators. The six bands will be evaluated by a panel of three judges. The winner of Boostaband takes all.

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